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Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe

Sweet Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe

There's no trick to making these Halloween-flavored cupcakes. By using a convenient cake mix, you can turn them out in a jiffy. Simplify them even more with canned frosting.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix or cake mix of your choice
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons orange paste food coloring
  • 4 green gumdrops
  • 12 black jujubes


  • 1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill 24 greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 2. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring. Cut a thin slice off the top of each cupcake. Spread frosting on 12 cupcakes. Invert remaining cupcakes and place on top; frost top and sides.
  • 3. For stems, cut each gumdrop into three lengthwise wedges; place one piece on top of each cupcake. Cut jujubes into thin slices; use a bottom slice for each mouth. From remaining slices, cut one large triangle and two smaller ones. Position two small triangles and a large triangle on each cupcake for eyes and nose. Yield: 1 dozen.

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"We love these"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I think these are great, I am going to re-create using mini cupcakes as I think the larger ones might be a bit to much for the smaller children. Thanks for the idea"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I just love this idea, I signed up to bring cupcakes to my daughter 2nd grade class party this month...thank-you!


Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"I am going to make these for our annual Halloween cakewalk. We live in a very small town and the kids look forward to this every year."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"Neat, the kids will love these"

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